(May 18): The Team of Eminent Persons announced yesterday that a separate committee will be set up to look into matters related to the scandal-hit 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), and former attorney-general Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman is among its members.

“Until and unless the issue of 1MDB is resolved, there will be questions that undermine public confi dence in the government and its institutions,” the Team of Eminent Persons, led by former fi nance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin, said in a press statement. Hence, it said it recognises the importance of establishing this separate committee just to focus on 1MDB issues.

Besides Abu Talib, there are four others in the committee. They are: Nik Shahrizal Sulaiman, a partner in risk assurance services at PricewaterhouseCoopers Malaysia; Syed Naqiz Shahbuddin Syed Abdul Jabbar, a senior partner at Naqiz & Partners; Faris Rabidin, Otoritas Jasa Keuangan Indonesia (the Indonesian fi nancial services authority) senior adviser; and Cynthia Gabriel, founder of the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism.

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